Foot Corns (or Clavi)

Having a corn on your foot can be frustrating and uncomfortable. A corn foot is similar to a callus in that they both are caused by high pressure or tension to certain spots on the feet. The main difference is in where they occur. Generally calluses are on the bottom and sides of the feet.  Whereas you get a corn on foot surfaces such as the toes or bony protrusions of the feet.  Corns are a more localized concentration of hardened skin where as a callus may build up in larger formations and not have definitive boundaries like a corn. Soft corns can also develop between your toes and will have a softer texture due to the moisture of its environment. Pressure and friction are the causes of both corns and calluses, however, corns are the product of direct friction in a circular or semi-circular motion. Corns can be painful and unsightly and difficult to remove safely without the help of a podiatrist.

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Foot Corn Prevention

Corns and calluses can both be prevented by alleviating the areas of tension on the feet.  High tension and friction areas can often be improved by wearing more comfortable shoes or inserting orthopedic inserts for the problem areas. It is much easier to prevent a corn than to treat it.

Treatment of Foot Corns

A doctor will need to treat certain corns depending on the severity and persistence of the corns. Although they may require treatment from a podiatrist, corns do not often require surgery, unless there is bone deformity, under the callus.

There are acid based solutions that will treat smaller and less severe corns that you can purchase at pharmacies. The over the counter acid preparations are going to be much weaker in comparison to the prescription solutions from the products that Dr. Mechanik carries in-office.

Any person with diabetes should immediately consult a podiatrist concerning corns or any such abnormalities, as they could lead to infection and tissue damage. Do not treat yourself with over the counter treatments if you have any type of diabetes; it is important you see a podiatrist.

We Can Help

If self care does not alleviate a problem within two weeks, you should consult with Dr. Mechanik.  As Director of the Colorado Foot Institute, Dr. Mechanik has the medical and surgical skills to treat all your foot conditions.

Removing corns yourself can be a long and potentially painful process and if not done properly can result in infection. However, corn removal is an easy and pain free process here at the Colorado Foot Institute.  In order to manage the problem areas, we will first assess the cause of these corns and work out a plan to properly manage them. There are many options to take care of unsightly or painful corns including regular maintenance of the problematic areas, custom fit or padded footwear, orthotics, or surgical correction depending on the severity.

Dr. Mechanik received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from the the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine which is part of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, a national leader in medical education.

Dr.Mechanik then went on to complete a twenty-four month post-graduate Residency training program in Foot and Ankle Surgery and an additional twenty-four month surgical Fellowship training program in Lower Extremity Musculoskeltal Surgery.

Dr. Mechanik is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Board Certified in Reconstructive Rear Foot and Ankle Surgery. He has the medical and surgical skills to treat your foot conditions.

Dr. Mechanik is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and a  Diplomate, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.  He is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot/Ankle Surgery.

Dr. Mechanik and his family are natives of the Denver area.  Call us today at 303-333-3383.  We can help you with overcome the embarrassment of corns or any other foot related problems. Get summer ready!